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Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is an exceptional example of a true, traditional-style English Pub beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is medium bodied and possesses a distinct, dark roasted flavor. Its sweet malty taste is derived from liberal use of seven varieties of specialty malts and a touch of brown sugar. Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is dark in color, beginning with a slight caramel malt overtone and rounded with a relatively dry finish from its English Kent Goldings hops. The hops aroma is mildly subdued and the bitterness is just enough to balance the profile of this beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is a true premium ale and is priced accordingly. We’re so proud of this beer for its body, taste, alcohol content and drinking enjoyment, it may just become our signature beer. Be warned: its wonderful malty sweetness camouflages the 8.0% alcohol by volume content. It’s a winner!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Bottle from cpkschubert; Nose of dark, fruits, with a little coffee in the background; clear, dark brown with a small tan head; flavor is of coffee, chocolate, and friuty malts with a little hops in the finish. Didn’t really notice any alcohol, well covered.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Brown caramel color, light head and lacing. Nose is again, vegetal with some alcohol and fruity notes showing themselves. The flavor is fairly woody with some dry malts and splinters. Finishes with a light sherry note along with some maple and plum notes. Zug.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown with a short lived tan head. Scents of dried fruit, malt, and weak coffee. Roasted flavors prevalent throughout, coffee, prunes, and sweetness with a slight bitterness in the finish. Not a big fan of coffee scented or darker roasted brews. Thanks to Flaco Alto for the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a bright copper body with a small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is cookie-ish with lots of caramel malt, toast, and some faint fruits. Toasty malt flavour again in a soft body with significant caramel and light chocolate.. Something a bit strange in the texture and flavour profile. The alcohol is well masked. Pretty decent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
On tap: Light malty aromas of caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with orange hilights and a small beige head with nice lacing. Flavor is a little weak with watery caramel and chocolate, hints of roasted grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Suprisingly no hints of alcohol with so little other flavors to cover it up. Not enough strong flavors for me. Rather boring.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
It has got a monkey on it, it has to be good right? Ruby brown body, small tan head. Sweet fruity booze in the aroma hints at brown sugar with a very muted roast malt touch. Lightly roasty acidity dominates my flavour impression over the muted malt. It’s a touch light and a bit flat, it feels like maybe they were trying to make it cask like. Interesting but not for me today. [8%? Wow! I did not taste that at all!] Thanks for the rarity MDS!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, and MDS, Mike’s bottle. Dark ruby brown, small white head. Nice burnt sugar, dark fruit, sweet malt aroma. Decent taste - more burnt sugar, dark malt. A little watery. Some alcohol. Not bad, a new state for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - mds’ bottle. Poured clear deep ruby-amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, wood, sweet, dry, dusty, yeasty. Dry, roasty, bitter aroma - nutty, some bitter chocolate and coffee grounds, long bitter finish. Average body, a little astringent, fairly flat - very nice beer, not sure about the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a brownish red color with a very thin initial head that turned to a thin outer ring. Lacing was excellent, especially for this stronger beer. Some caramel underneath, but coffee came out stronger under the feature flavor of brown sugar. A slight pine hoppy touch in the finish. Mouthfeel was porter thin, was expecting something more rich from a name like this one. An odd beer, not sure what to compare it to, and overall not my cup of tea.

2.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Pours dark, coffe brown. Not Starkbucks French Roast opaque brown but more like an over stuffed Folgers. Throws a shallow spritzy froth. Aroma is slightly malty with an offensive burnt celery whiff. Possesses ample residual effers with medium weight nectar. Flavors are dry, woodsy, smokey, offensive with the forward celery. Now heres the best thing about it. The bitterness. It dries up like a mouth full of beach sand which tries like hell to clean off that celery stink, and almost does. Even with the fantastic bittering, I can’t drink more than one bottle. The celery is way too much. Overall: a bitter sweet one night stand.


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